07 July 2016
Young People Friendly!
Congratulations to our
Bristol East Central community child and adolescent mental health
service (CAMHS) team, who have been awarded Young People Friendly
The team - part of the Community Children's Health Partnership
run by a partnerhsip of Sirona care & health, Bristol Community
Health CIC and AWP - had a celebration as part of their away day.
They were congratulated by partner organisation Barnardo's, past
and current managers and CAMHS clinical lead Mick Wood, who gave a
video tribute to their success. Over cake, the team was presented
with a framed picture of young people's artwork by the two young
people, Kelsey and Tash, who were part of a visit to the service to
verify their Young People Friendly tool kit.
Services that are Young People Friendly encourage young people
aged 11-18 to share in decisions about their health care and how
services are improved. Barnardo's participation workers work
alongside teams to meet the high standards expected. To achieve
Young People Friendly accreditation the Bristol East Central CAMHS
team had to evidence they are meeting a set of standards under the
headings of: Access and environment Staff training, confidentiality
and consent Involvement of young people Publicity and joined up
working Health issues for adolescents Mental health
This is a rigorous process. After the completion of an extensive
tool kit to document evidence, young people visit the service,
followed by two independent professional verifiers who, for
assurance, question representatives of the service about their tool
Staff were pleased to be acknowledged and valued in this way.
Sarah Libby said, "It's nice to stop and celebrate what we have
achieved, we don't often get a chance to do this."
Lynn Maddern added, "We have come a long way and we found the
involvement of young people visiting the service quite
Emily Roberts from Barnardo's explained, "This is the product of
a lot of work over a long period of time. It's a very important
milestone and is not about saying it's perfect but a chance to say
we have achieved a lot and we have a motivation and commitment to
say young people's involvement in making our service better is here